After completing his studies in physics and organizational management at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Aschke received his doctor’s degree at the faculty of Plasma and Nuclear Physics, with the research focus being on lasers and EUV lithography. Following professional appointments with Schott Lithotec AG and Limo Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH, he joined the Trumpf group in 2015. From 2016 until 2020, Aschke held the position of CFO in the group’s laser technology business division. Aschke has been a member of the program committee in the government initiative »Optical Technologies« from 2007 to 2015, where he participated in setting up the »Agenda Photonik 2020«. From 2011 to 2014, Aschke was a member of the »Board of Stakeholders« of the European technology platform Photonics 21. Since 2007, he is also chairman of the board of the IVAM Microtechnology Network and board member of the F.O.M. Forschungsvereinigung Feinmechanik, Optik und Medizintechnik e.V. (research association for fine mechanics, optics and medical technology).